DENVER - Business owners and newcomers agree, Denver is a great city for business.
According to a new Forbes list, Denver tops a list of more than 200 cities across the country. Denver rose from fourth place in 2014, while Raleigh fell to second place.
"I think what you're seeing is today's workforce is looking for places they can really blend work life and play. Denver is one of those places where you can do that," said Ben Deda, Executive VP of Marketing and Business at Galvenize, a small business incubator in the city.
Another of those small businesses is Sirvo.
Founder Stephanie Maxwell created the business to connect service businesses with potential employees. Maxwell says many service businesses have high turnover rates and have trouble keeping their business staffed.
"I wanted to create a network for people to access jobs and I wanted to give businesses a very cheap and easy way to put their jobs online," said Maxwell.
According to Forbes, Denver’s dynamic economy and highly trained population are a major reason for the city’s No. 1 designation.
"I think there's always things we can improve on, but I think it's another feather in the cap for making Denver a great place for business," Deda said.
Other reasons for ranking Denver so high up in the list include an aviation presence and a lower than average overall cost for businesses.
Forbes reports Denver has seen the fifth biggest influx in population for any metro area over the last few years.
This is the first time Denver has ranked No. 1 on the annual list, which dates back to 1998.